Garden setting, lush greenery, beautiful spring day… Emily and Mike were wed at the Inn at Park Winters in Northern California, and photographer Laura Nelson was there to capture the day with these timeless images…
Greenery and foliage played a central role in the wedding decor, starting with the watercolor invitations by Kae & Ales.
Bridesmaids wore gray, sage, and emerald green chiffon dresses, perfectly complementing the shades of gray and green in their bouquets.
The bride’s favorite part of the day? “I can truly say that I loved every moment of my wedding; it really was my favorite day! But if I had to be specific, I really enjoyed being surrounded by my family and friends, all of who were genuinely excited to share in our joy. Another favorite little moment was when we were pronounced husband and wife. My husband and I waited to have our first kiss on our wedding day and it was so special for us!”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? When we began the planning process, we wanted a venue that would be the perfect backdrop for our wedding festivities. We chose words like lush, clean, and natural to describe our dream venue and when we found Park Winters, we knew it would be the perfect fit. We believed that investing into a gorgeous venue meant we would have to bring in fewer outside elements to complete the overall look.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We really liked the idea of a simple and neutral wedding, with an emphasis on lush greenery. We wanted minimal details that were thoughtful and intentional.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Overall, our wedding was quite traditional, but it was also very genuine and heartfelt.
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. Our love for coffee prompted us to set up a coffee bar complete with custom hand-stamped cups and bags of coffee beans for guests to take home and enjoy. We also foraged for all of the greenery for our wedding. All of the greenery came from the yard of a family member or dear friend.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Don’t let anything ruin your joy. No matter what may go wrong, or maybe if things just don’t go exactly as planned, remove yourself and just enjoy the day.
What advice do you have for other brides? Absolutely hire a wedding planner and a stylist. Having someone who knows the ins and outs of the industry and whose style and decision making skills you trust and admire will prove invaluable throughout the planning process.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Decide ahead of time what elements are important to you. Invest your money on things that will last instead of little details that will likely be forgotten by you and your guests.
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Inn at Park Winters Wedding from Laura Nelson16 July 2014
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